The ranks of our local Village Voices choir were thinned by last-minute infections for their Saturday evening concert in the Methodist Church, Seahouses on October the fourth. Nevertheless Chairman George was able to fulfil his role as Master of Ceremonies for the full programme of choral and solo items. Siblings Jackie and John were in duet, accompanied by Pat, as ever. Pat's later solo item on the piano was "The Piano" theme from "The Piano" film. In between, Barbara gave a recitation. These were all in a choral environment composed of Bach chorales and the Vicar of Dibley's Psalm 23; seasonal John Rutter anthems; with Bobby Shaftoe on The Water of Tyne; and others including a couple of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Vanessa was in valued over-all command as Conductor. Refreshments followed!
PS: New members come to the Methodist Church rooms at 7 o'clock this Thursday.
THE BERWICK MALE VOICE CHOIR IN SEAHOUSES
The evening of Friday the 4th of October brought the Berwick Male Voice Choir down to Seahouses once again, this time to a performance in St. Paul's Church, North Sunderland. Always enjoyable, the programme spanned a Welsh hymn; Gilbert and Sullivan; Lennon and McCartney; and Handel, as well as that familiar source, "Trad", and others. Robin Cheer fulfilled a five-fold function as Master of Ceremonies introducing the items; as arranger for male voice choir of several of the items; as conductor; as clarinet soloist; and as husband of accompanist Isabel! The full range of the choral items was complemented by John Weightman's solos. There's much more about the choir on their own website.
DUALLING THE A1 CAMPAIGN - FINAL?
Campaigners are hoping that the seven-year campaign to get government backing for dualling the A1 road may be nearing a resolution. But to cross the vital tipping-point project leader Anne-Marie Trevelyan is urging us all to complete the on-line survey to boost the numbers to be handed over to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Go to it!
EBOR MORRIS DANCERS IN SEAHOUSES
Seahouses is fortunate to enjoy periodic visits by the Ebor Morris Dancers coming north to us from York. Their own four-part orchestra animates the range of traditional dances with their energetic wavings and turnings, formations and progressions. If you missed their various performances around the village you can sample some of their previous demonstrations via the videos on their website.
FIRST EVER ST. OSWALDS ULTRA HUNDRED-MILE RACE
Not all the St. Oswalds Ultra runners were set on the full one-hundred-mile (160 km) challenge! Having all set off from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island at 7.00 am (yes, 0700 hours) on Saturday the 20th of September, they were fairly strung out by the time they had progressed down the Northumberland Coast Path and St. Oswald's Way as far as Seahouses. Some would finish their runs at Craster after a less daunting 50 km (31 miles): others would compromise with their double distance, 100 km (62 miles), via Warkworth to finish inland at Rothbury. Overnight runners were allowed 36 hours to cover the full distance to Chollerford - NE46 4EW if you're not sure where that is! You can check the data and details on the St. Oswalds Ultra website with its link to St. Oswald's Hospice.
SEAHOUSES GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY (FOR PETS)
The reception area of the Seahouses Alnorthumbria Vets surgery was turned into a professional photographic studio one day in mid-September. It was a vital part of a charity scheme to discover 'the face of Alnorthumbria Pets'. For their charitable donation folk could have their dog or cat or rabbit or ... whatever photographed by Rebecca Ashworth Photography and entered into the competition. Charities benefiting were SHAK, BARK, Alexa's Animals, red squirrels and MUSHER (Husky rescue).
LEARNING TO WALK ON WATER
THE ULTIMATE IN SMALL-BOAT SAILING
The schools have gone back but that doesn't mean that Seahouses closes for the winter! Even on a rather dull morning in mid-September there is plenty of scope for activities in and around the village, along the AONB coast and on the water. This scene was just off the outermost harbour rocks. The small yacht had to motor for lack of any wind, but that calm made ideal conditions for these board sailors to try out the latest addition to the repertoire of water sports.
It has become necessary to establish that this 'seahouseswebsite' be under the control of a formally recognisable group - of Seahouses folk of course. Its function is to ensure that the website is fulfilling a useful purpose, and the group may perhaps seek the small amount of funding needed from public sources. (It is impossible for individuals to apply for public money in this context, hence the need for a formal group.) Little work should be involved: once set up an annual meeting may be all that is needed, unless the group decides otherwise. The group needs -
interested local individuals seeking to safeguard or enhance the public image of Seahouses as a holiday destination.
incomers or longstanding Seahouses residents, anyone keen to ensure that the website constitutes a useful and reliable source of local information through its trade and community directories, its News and Forthcomings pages, and so on.
frequent and/or regular non-resident visitors to Seahouses who can represent the practical interests of our tourists.
If you come into any of these categories please email Mike: the sooner the better.
The North Sunderland and Seahouses Gardening Association held its very successful 32nd ANNUAL SHOW on Saturday the 30th of August. There's an illustrated report on the relevant web page.
Officially opened by Jonathan Miles of BBC Radio Newcastle, there were plenty of activities around the Lifeboat Station, though the object of the exercise, both there and all around the village, was to collect buckets of cash!
In addition to exhibits there were sales stalls and opportunities to ride motor-bikes and -trikes. 'Family Fun Day' elements up on the car park included entertainment features for all ages.
The RAF Rescue helicopter was needed down south but the two Seahouses lifeboats, all-weather RNLB Grace Darling and inshore Peter Downes, put to sea in choppy conditions and showed off some of their skills - with and against the waves; forwards and backwards; circling and spinning; and holding station close to the sea wall.
GREAT NORTH BIKE RIDE
Seahouses was totally taken over by thousands - yes, thousands - of folk supporting the Chris Lucas Trust by taking part in the Great North Bike Ride on the morning of Sunday, 24th of August. Bikes and tandems; delivery lorries and coaches; support vehicles and marshalls: they filled the car parks and most of the surrounding streets ahead of the 9.00 am start.
The thousands were well organised and labelled beforehand. The event provided an exhibition for those of us not involved as to what modern bikes look like. And high-tech accessories can include GPS/speed/timer displays, as well as miniature video cameras mounted on the handlebars or on the helmet!
Then away through the official Start Gate, and riders set off, leaving Seahouses en route for Tynemouth Priory and Castle. A fortunate gentle breeze helped them southwards, with sunny periods to keep the event cheerful.
MAIN STREET OPPORTUNITY
There's a rare opportunity to join the commercial resources of this seaside village community. Number 35 Main Street is a modest retail outlet right in the centre of the shopping section of Main Street. It's available to rent: details are available from the agents on 01665 603581.
SEAHOUSES / SUE RYDER CALENDAR 2015 NOW ON SALE
The 2015 edition of the Seahouses Calendar is now available from the Sue Ryder charity shop at 11 Main Street, Seahouses, between Pinnacles and the Olde Ship Hotel at the sea end of the village. Produced locally, well over half the cover price of £4.95 is retained by the charity.
Twelve iconic Seahouses pictures adorn the cover: each then features on its own month display along with public holidays and other events, leaving space for your own appointments and notes. A plain white envelope is included.
If you are unable to call in, phone the Sue Ryder shop on 01665 721652 instead.
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
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